Wednesday, March 20, 2013

IHAN Machine Embroidery Blog Hop - DAY 3

Monday , March 18th
Tues, March 19th
Cindy - Sew Cindy
Trish - AllThingsCrafty
Wed., March 20th
Thurs., March 21st
Rebecca Grace - Cheeky Cognoscenti
Fri., March 22nd
Gene Black - Alabama Artist
SewCalGal
I HAVE A NOTION is  hosting a Machine Embroidery Blog Hop and today is my day to show what I've done.
Our sponsor is Anita Goodesign.
I just love everything Anita Goodesign designs and it was really difficult to pick just one design
I finally narrowed it down and picked the Rooster design.

I couldn't believe how realistic the designs were.
So the minute I received them I had to try one out.
I thought about doing some dish towels, maybe cutrains or even a quilt for my part of the hop.
But when I saw the project that Anita had included with the design I knew that was what I wanted to do. What better way to display the awesome Roosters. 
I downloaded the pdf file and it gave step by step instructions.
I probably could have just copied the pictures but I took my own.
I will try and make this brief so you don't have to spend all day reading.
1st I hooped my No Show Mesh and muslin and the design stitched out the placement.
I placed my warm and natural (cut to size) on the placement and then placed the fabric.
The design then stitched over the placement line and I was ready to go.
This is the beginning of one of the designs.
I used a topper on the Roosters and Fleur des Leis
I then trimmed up all the pieces and layed them out
Even laying them out in the right order I still managed to sew two together the wrong way.
I sewed this into the 4 quarters (basically 4 nine patches)
Then I used some Hoop Magic and placed the nine patch using the brown and white pieces as center. 
Then I did all 4 Roosters 
I sewed two quarters together. 
Then the 2 halves. 
The pdf said to quilt it by the squares and using more batting was optional.
Well I opted for more batting (probably would have looked better without) and I also outlined around the Rooster with nylon thread. 
I also used piping for the 1st time (probably not a good time to try something new)
All the step by step instructions come with the design.

I have really enjoyed being a part of the IHAN Machine Embroidery Blog Hop and having a chance to do one of Anita Goodesign's designs.
Some good tips:
1. Always use a topper.
2. Use Hoop Magic (or similar) when you don't want to hoop or can't hoop.
3. Change your needle when the threads start to loop above the design.

For a chance to win one Anita Goodesign Special Edition Collections  leave a comment on this post by March 24 and a winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on March 25.
For a second winner as a Thanks for putting up with this long blog entry and for your patience I will give away the dish towel (shown at the begining) on Sunday, March 24 

72 comments:

Fiesta said...

Margaret your project is beautiful! Thanks for participating in the hop.

Carol Jones said...

Oh that is stunning.

Judylee said...

Wow, wow, wow. That is really nice!

Sharon said...

Your project turned out well. Thanks for the tips.

Quilting Babcia said...

What great projects - perfect for any country home!

Rose W said...

Beautiful project! Thanks for the tips, especially #3. That's one I've never heard before.

Gene Black said...

That looks great Margaret. I love the corners and fleur-di-lis they include with this.

CK said...

Wonderful! I love the Fleur des Leis pattern. I'm not familiar with toppers so I'm off to investigate more about them. Thanks for sharing your talents!

Tammy said...

Girgeous designs. LOve roosters. It's what I have in my kitchen. I use the topper also. It makes a big difference with your designs.

beaquilter said...

good tips as I just got a "fancy to me" embroidery machine, I'm having so much fun!

Purl Buttons said...

ROOOOSSSTERS! You couldn't have chosen any design I like better! What a great little tutorial. The roosters are so cute! Thanks.

Emily C said...

Love the roosters. I don't see any issues with the piping, looks great. Great table topper.

judy said...

absolutely love what you did. The roosters are stunning.
Judy

Joyce Carter said...

Margaret, This is simply beautiful! I love the way the roosters turned out.I have an embroidery machine and I am just learning how to use it so thanks for all the info And for sharing your work.

Kathy H said...

Those roosters turned out beautiful. Thanks for the embroidery tips too. I always need a little help to figure out the problems that sometimes happen.

SewCalGal said...

How beautiful. I have a friend who has her home decorated with oodles of Roosters. I'm going to have to make this for her. Love it.

Thanks for the top on Hoop Magic. I've never tried it and will definitely give it a try.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

LeAnne said...

Never would have thought of doing the roosters in the four corners of a four-patch. You did a fantastic job.

Linda E in AZ said...

I have never used Hoop Magic, so thanks for talking about it.

Needled Mom said...

That is a wonderful project and you did a great job with it. Thanks for the hints.

GeeMa said...

Great project. Love the colors of the roosters.

BizyStitches said...

Wow, that is beautiful. THanks for the tips and picture parade. I enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for sharing.

WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful piece, love the designs and the way you did the quilting around them.

Debbie

Bonnie58 said...

I love your roosters. They are gorgeous. I am just getting familiar with my embroidery machine and these look like so much fun. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw.
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

quiltin cntrygrl said...

Did you use the foundations quilt with this project? It looks great. Might have to put those roosters on my wish list.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely piece. Thanks for the tips and information.

The Slow Quilter said...

Now that is a great project to try. Yours came out so beautiful and easy tofollow steps.

Beth said...

What a beautiful project! I don't know what Hoop Magic is or toppers. Guess I had better do some research. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work & tips.

Pauline G said...

Love those roosters - and thanks for the tips

Fran said...

A great project! I am another newbie who doesn't know what Hoop Magic is, so you have given me something to research. So much to learn!! Thanks

Sallie said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

Cecilia said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt. I have been wanting to learn to quilt in the hoop, but I haven't gotten up the nerve to do so yet. I appreciate all of the tips you gave.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Margaret I love those roosters....oh my word they look wonderful. Thanks for the tip on using the topper for the roosters too.

Now I want a dishtowel with roosters too. Seeing all these fun designs makes me miserable that I'm not at home being able to use my machine right now. Ya think the hospital would mind if I set up a sewing area here in my mom's room? LOL....you know I'd do it too!

Thanks so much for participating, your work is lovely.

Smiles,
Kelly

barb said...

I just moved over the weekend and would love to win and brighten my kitchen babscorbitt@gmail.com

cntryways said...

Just loved what you did with the chicken designs. Gives me so great ideas for my sister who has chickens in her kitchen.

Sewgirl said...

I love your roosters. I am so impressed with all the projects on this blog...wish it was longer, as I am just learning, and could use all the help I can get.

Lou said...

Love teh Roosters!!!
Great job!

Trish said...

That turned out fantastic. Love the roosters!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wow that looks really nice~ so professional. :-) I'm pretty new to ME and hadn't heard of Hoop Magic~ thanks!

Lyn said...

I just love your project! That was quite an undertaking... Thanks for being part of the hop.
I love the towel too.

Mimi said...

Those roosters are really something else - love the colours!!! Thanks for sharing.

Marjorie said...

Your project is wonderful. That set is great for lots of different projects it seems.

Jean(ie) said...

Love your roosters! Those are so cute! I agree -- towels and curtains. I can see rooster café curtains in tons of fun colors!

LJ said...

I have a friend who loves roosters and I'll be telling her about these designs. That's a great project you did.

stitchedbyme said...

I like how you decided to use the AnitaGoodesign Rooster designs. I own many of his other embroidery design sets and every design stitches out flawlessly.
Thanks for sharing your process for your project.
~June in AZ

Karrie S said...

SO pretty! Thanks for sharing your project and for the chance to win :)

KatieQ said...

Great project! The roosters are wonderfully detailed.

OhioLori said...

Love your project!!! Gorgeous Table Topper!!!


Would be thrilled to win your cool dish towel too!! :)

Nanbon44 said...

I am not a collector of hens and rooster, but WOW... these are great and I love the project...

Kathy MacKie said...

Well cockadoodle doo, good for you-well done and I know my poetry is pretty bad but I had fun and enjoyed your project.

Rebecca Grace said...

Margaret, your rooster quilt project is gorgeous! I am so intrigued by these projects and designs that incorporate the batting and everything during the embroidery process. Beautiful end result!

MJ said...

I love it! Love the rosters on the tea-towels!
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What a wonderful table topper! You did an awesome job and just because I love chickens, that didn't play into my decision, hehe. Thanks for sharing, super job!

Thank you and Anita Goodesign for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

shelleyjwilliams said...

I am excited to see more designs and tutorials. Great Blog hop! I am new to embroidery, and this has great information. Thanks to Anita Good Designs for her generous giveaways!

Barb said...

I had ment to stop by yesterday...Vance and I love rosters and this design is fabulous. How did you sew the two quarters together without a seam in the back?

What's Her Name said...

LOVE this- what a beautiful topper!

Grandma Margie's Family said...

Loved your demo. The tip about changing the needle was very helpful, Thanks

Tina said...

Lovely rOosters. Your Post Is Very Interesting. I Haven't Srrn Thrsr Desigms Before.

Cyndy said...

I love your work! My kitchen is done in roosters, so I'm going to have to check out these designs.

Susan said...

Just found this hop this evening. Thanks for the ideas!

Sylvia said...

I love roosters and have them in my kitchen too. Your tutorial is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!
Sylvia

Beeshebags said...

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Thanks for the chance to win and the tips....being kind of new to ME they're of great value to me :o)

Hugs
Naomi

BRD Girl said...

I really enjoyed your contribution to the blog hop - it was fun to see your roosters "come to life"...great tips and step by step photos!

Mary Walker said...

I love your project! The roosters look awesome!

Shelor Robin said...

Love the roosters! And love embroidery!

Sew Quilt Embroider said...

I appreciate all the work that went into the rooster embroideries! Thank you for sharing and for the fun on this blog hop!

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Roosters and chickens seem to be a timeless item. I think making dishtowels with new designs is a great way to test them out. When you're done you have a new towel or a gift for someone special. A great way to get ahead for the holidays.

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Your roosters are gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity!

Rebecca Fiedler said...

I am new to ME and appreciate the info in all the tutorials. So much to learn!

Judylee said...

Love this design, I just got a big hoop so am really excited about this.

Melody Shingler said...

Wow Margaret! Your project is simply gorgeous! I love the colors & fabrics you used. Thank you for the opportunity to win one of Anita Goodesign's Special Edition design packs.

Deb said...

Love your rooster towel!! I like the Tree of Life one also.

Debra Spincic said...

Those are super roosters! Their birds are really well designed. I especially like the Fantasy Bird Collection.